One of my favorite ways to customize clothing is by using paint.  Paint makes such an impact and it's fairly low cost, meaning the possibilities are endless.  Read below to see how I used paint to transform a denim jacket, pair of boots, and some old jeans!

Gold Painted Boots

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MATERIALS:
• boots / shoes
• paint brush
• fabric or acrylic paint

As much as I loved these brown suede boots, I thought they could use a little something special.  I considered haphazardly dripping white paint on them, but when I found this champagne-colored metallic paint in my craft supplies, my eyes lit up.  YES.

I used a small brush and painted a light coat along the sides of the boots, careful to avoid painting the sole and the elastic section.  (TIP:  If you don't trust yourself, using painters tape to block off the areas you don't want painted is always a safe bet.  Using a clear coat before the paint can also ensure a solid line.)  After painting the edges I moved to the middle section.

I decided to stop painting when I reached the seam of the mid-section and leave the heel as it was.  I quite like the tri-toned effect!

Graphic Heart Jacket

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MATERIALS:
• denim [or any] jacket
• fabric or acrylic paint
• paint brush
• scissors
• paper
• pencil

What's more adorable and uplifting than a giant red graphic heart?  Not much, except maybe kittens or puppies.  For this project, I wanted to add a bold pop of color to this everyday denim jacket.  I wear this thing too often, and denim is the perfect breathable fabric for the warmer months!

I folded a piece of paper in half to cut out my heart shape to ensure that the shape was symmetrical.  When I was happy with the shape, I centered it on the upper back portion of my denim jacket and then traced it with a pencil.  (TIP: To ensure the paper doesn't move, some double-stick tape might come in handy.)  I first began painting around the edge of the heart using a paint brush, then filled in the center area.  

I noticed that the paint didn't turn out as opaque as I liked on the first coat, so I went back later and painted another layer.  If you're concerned about perfect edges, painters tape may also come in handy with this one!



Polka-Dotted Jeans

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MATERIALS:
• pair of jeans
• fabric or acrylic paint
• paint brush
• scissors
• paper

I've always loved the look of polka-dotted denim.  It seemed that the styles in stores were a bit too busy for my taste, though.  In order to create a more subtle style with the same whimsy, I decided to only partially adorn my denim with dots.  I used a pair with a bit of stretch, but if you're concerned about the uniformity of the dots I'd suggest using a less-stretchy style!

To create a stencil, I cut out a 2"x2" piece of paper.  The square size determines the amount of space between the dots, so feel free to customize it to your own liking!  I then folded the square in 4ths and cut out a small hole on the center corner for my dot shape.

Using the hem on the edge of the jeans, I lined up the stencil.  After stippling (not stroking!) the white paint with a small brush, I then lined the stencil underneath the previous dot, making sure not to smear the wet paint.  After completing one column, I began the next row by turning the stencil diagonally, wedging it between two dots to create the first dot of the next set.  I then switched back to the method of lining up the stencil under the dot to make sure they were evenly spaced.  Continue until you're satisfied with the amount of dots then let em dry!

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I hope these projects served as some sort of inspiration, even if these particular styles don't happen to be your cup of tea.  It feels great to revive a garment or accessory by using something as simple and cost-effective as paint!  Paint creates a stiffness in most fabrics and is always subject to cracking, so choose your fabric type accordingly.

I'd love to see the ways that you may have revived a garment, using paint or other means!  Also, please leave a comment down below if you'd like to see more posts like this!

 


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Martha
04/05/2014 12:08am

Haven't dared a paint addition to my wardrobe in some years, but now I'm thinking it's a good idear

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10/09/2015 2:46pm

I suddenly recalled this text New Techniques for Wearable Art: Creative Ideas for Transforming Clothes and Accessories by Rice Freeman-Zachery. This book is filled with accessible, idea-inspiring projects for people interested in creating their own look. This also includes step-by-step photography details, the techniques, and large, vibrant color photos of finished projects showing off the fashionable projects. How beautiful because it transforms clothes into a more stylish, more colorful and in more modern fashion.

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02/15/2017 3:16pm

I have seen other people do it. It never crossed my mind how easy it could have been done. I am now thinking about all the pairs of shoes that ended up in the rubbish too soon just because I am too lazy to come up with something to "revive" them. It took years for my feet to get comfortable inside them and I just wasted those years for something "new" which will eventually end up in a "junk yard" somewhere unless I do something about it.

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04/06/2014 12:38pm

That's funny, I couldn't help but think about the famous belts you'd paint in high school while I was working on these! Go for it gurl.

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April
04/07/2014 1:53pm

This is so inspiring, and just my style too! Lovin' your blog so far. You should consider doing YouTube videos as well!

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04/09/2014 8:03am

Thanks, April! Glad you enjoy it! I've actually considered expanding to YouTube sometime in the future. :)

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Cindy
04/12/2014 1:23am

Love these fun and creative projects, Katie!

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Eileen
04/13/2014 12:29am

I love these ideas Katie. This just may spark my creativity!

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What a nice booty!))

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01/27/2016 3:27am

This blog is a very helpful post. It can inspire people to reuse what resources they have to cut the budget to a minimum. It can be for personal use and even for business use, like for clothes that we've over grown to, we can still customize them and sell them for a bit of profit. Even if it's just for a small amount. It's still better than none.

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11/07/2016 12:13am

Painting of shoes is a great way which will help you to design any boot that fit with the outfit that you are going to wear. And for that purpose you need a pair of lather boots that are easy to paint.

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